Re: [xml2rfc] assuming that period (.) ends a sentence is sometimes wrong

John Levine <johnl@taugh.com> Sat, 27 February 2021 19:16 UTC

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Subject: Re: [xml2rfc] assuming that period (.) ends a sentence is sometimes wrong
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In article <9366fbd9-f117-b120-04dc-91f8ed80b56c@gmx.de> you write:
>That said, RFC 7322 has:
>
>>    *  When a sentence ended by a period is immediately followed by
>>       another sentence, there must be two blank spaces after the period.
>
>(<https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc7322#section-3.2>).
>
>That text is gone in draft-flanagan-7322bis-00, dated March 2017. I'd
>love to hear the current TRSE's position on that -- is this change going
>to stay?

I don't know why it went into 7322 or who removed it in the draft or why.

Personally, I'm with you.  The extra space is an antique tradition from
the days of manual typewriters and I don't see any reason to worry about it
any more.  If you care about legibility, read the HTML version with those
nice proportional typefaces.

R's,
John